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Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

1. Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

Take this 1-hour journey back in time and allow your guide to take you below the streets of Seattle. Explore over four city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and wander through three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890's. Learn the historical details leading to the birth of Seattle as it is knows today, and the decision to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. See where retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads several feet above where they originally stood.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

2. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

3. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle with a courteous and knowledgeable guide, and explore the city like a local. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard a minivan and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish! Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the USA. Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas practically across the street from the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum (also known as the "Museum of Pop Culture" or "MoPOP"). Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a picture-postcard photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away. Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where the saltwater of Elliot Bay meets the freshwater of the Cascade Mountains, Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont and see the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Vladimir Lenin from the Cold War-era Soviet Union. Then, make your way back downtown for convenient drop-offs at all downtown attractions or your hotel if you prefer.

Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

4. Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Seattle's city center while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history behind the monuments and attractions. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the origins of some of downtown's most iconic buildings and tourist sites like Pike Place Market. Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You are standing at Union Station, unsure of why you're there. You realize you're a ticket for the S.S. Portland. You'll need to gather your supplies before boarding the next ship to the Yukon region to try your luck finding gold before other miners..." Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Learn about the events around the Klondike Gold Rush, the Seattle Underground, the Great Seattle Fire. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour self-guided MP3 audio tour of Seattle that comes with a fully detailed map of the area the tour covers. Explore the city that’s home to the first Starbucks store! Discover the wonders of Seattle, visiting the iconic Space Needle and the bustling Pike Place Market. Learn about the Gold Rush days on a visit to the famous Klondike Gold Rush Park. Stop at some of the many restaurants and cafés, and try some of the best seafood in the country. See Victor Steinbrueck Park, take in the views from Alki Point and ride the Monorail at Westlake Center. See the 5th Avenue Theater, the Seattle Art Museum and Pioneer Square. Enjoy your tour at your own pace.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 290 reviews

The tour was an excellent thing to do when you first arrive in a city to get an overall tour and then decide where to go back and spend more time. The driver/tour guide (Mark) was very informative and did many small things to make things good. He planned, communicated before and during the tour. He had umbrellas, made the needed bathroom stop.

Terrilyn was an excellent guide. The history of Seattle is fascinating and she skillfully weaved humor and information into her enthusiastic presentation. This was the highlight of my trip so far. We also followed her recommendation for lunch!!!

We loved the tour. Jeff was welcoming and very guided us and entertained us throughout the trip. Highly recommend this tour.

The tour was informative and covered the entire city. James was knowledgeable and answered all questions. Highly recommend.

This was by far the best city tour we have ever been on.